Top 5 patient apps you should know about
Mobile health is an expression we are hearing more and more about in healthcare and a big part of this area is apps. Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary, recently voiced his opinion on healthcare apps for patients: “Information about your health is a service, just like the GP surgeries, Walk-in Centres and hospitals that millions of people access every week. With more information at their fingertips, patients can truly be in the driving seat.”
With this in mind, these are some of the most innovative and practical patient apps available for download:
Patient.co.uk - Free
This app contains over 600 patient information leaflets on a multitude of medical conditions and diseases, written by independent GPs. The best feature of this app is that it allows users to locate their nearest healthcare services including emergency clinics, hospitals, GP surgeries, dentists and pharmacists (England only).
NHS quit smoking - Free
Smokers may find it easier to quit by using this app which sends daily supportive and motivational messages, as well as tips from other smokers who have stopped smoking. It also shows the benefits of staying smoke-free, including a running total of the money saved since quitting.
Alcohol units calculator - £0.69
Have you ever wanted to calculate how many units you consumed down the pub? This app does it for you and also enables you to track units consumed over a time period and compare against average guidelines. Great if you are trying to cut down!
Couch-to-5k - £1.49
An award-winning app from The Active Network which features a training plan to help new runners. It consists of three 20-30 minute work outs a week to help users be able to run 5km within nine weeks of starting training. The highlights of this app are that human audio cues are provided during workouts and users can share their progress on Facebook.
Visible Body - £6.99
Whilst this app is a bit pricey, the graphics are superb and allow patients, as well as doctors and medical students, to see the human body visually and interactively in 3D. The app consists of over 2,500 images of body systems and also provides accompanying definitions.
Get downloading and join the mobile health revolution!